THREE KIDS LOST A BEST FRIEND TO CHILDHOOD CANCER, NOW THEY ARE FIGHTING CANCER RIGHT BACK

Every year our federal government spends a good chunk of money researching cures for cancer.

You know how much of that is spent researching cures for childhood cancer?

Four percent.

Four.

That's unacceptable to a group of kids in Plymouth who lost their friend to cancer two years ago when he was just 5-years-old.

So unacceptable in fact they did and continue to do something about it.

THE STORY

For a couple of years Sam Lee was king of a cul-de-sac in Plymouth.

The older kids, Catherine Thibault, Nicole Olson and Rachel Olson were his royal court.

“Sam and his family moved into our neighbor’s house and we started playing with him cause that's what we do because we are all connected in the cul-de-sac,” 13-year-old Rachel said.

What stands out about that is that Catherine, Nicole and Rachel were the big kids.

Sam was just under 4-years-old and due to his cancer, he had some physical limitations.

“I just wanted to give him a life when he was around us that he didn't have to feel bad about anything, he could just be himself because it didn't bother me he had cancer he was a regular little boy to me,” 11-year-old Nicole said of her friendship with Sam.

For two years the four of them played night and day in that cul-de-sac.

Until March of 2016, when Sam finished his fight with brain cancer.

“My favorite memory of Sam is probably playing games with him outside,” 10-year-old Catherine remembered today.

“I think my favorite memory of Sam would be when he would put on swim goggles and be like a monster,” Nicole chimed in.

But memories just weren't enough for this court, they wanted to pick up Sam's fight where he left off.

And four months after he died organized a fun run raising ten thousand dollars.

At that time they were 8, 9 and 11 years old.

“We put our energy from grieving into the fun run and it just made us work that much harder,” Rachel said.

The third annual run is SATURDAY JULY 21ST at Basset Creek Park.

If you want to register for the run or donate, click here: https://www.classy.org/event/fight-for-5k-and-fun-run/e178049